Ticket sales are brisk for Zoofari Brazil: BIG! BRIGHT! BEAUTIFUL! Your $100 ticket includes heavy appetizers and multi-course, Brazilian-inspired dinner from Johnny's Italian Steakhouse, open bar, animal entertainment and the opportunity to win a car, exotic trips, adventure packages and fine jewelry. Proceeds from Zoofari support plans for a new rhino exhibit at Niabi Zoo.

Here's a sneak peek at live and silent auction items:

Trip to Brazil

Guys' trip to Boston

Napa Valley wine trip

Hot tub

Sports fans packages

Health and wellness pampering packages

Niabi Zoo parties

Dinner and hotel packages

Jewelry

Celebrity memorabilia

Can't make it to Zoofari? You can still support the Zoo and get in on the action by purchasing a $25 raffle ticket for a 2013 Honda Fit Sport from Zimmerman Honda. You do not need to be present to win or purchase a ticket and there is no limit to individual ticket purchases. Raffle tickets will be sold through Saturday, October 4. Click here to purchase a car raffle ticket or click here for more details about the car.

Attendance will be capped, so get your RSVP in today before the event sells out! Click here to purchase tickets through a secure, third party event registration vendor.

 

SNOW LEOPARD DAY

October 18

11:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.

It's a special day just for Niabi's snow leopards, Niko and Kira. The day is packed with  zookeeper chats to teach you more about these elusive big cats, games and a raffle where you can win snow leopard paw print artwork or even a behind the scenes tour with the snow leopards. The gift shop is stocked with special snow leopard merchandise with proceeds going to the Snow Leopard Trust for conservation efforts.

Enter our coloring contest by October 13. Download our snow leopard picture by clicking here. Kids can bring in their pictures to be displayed in our Jungle Trek building through Boo at the Zoo, October 26, or mail your picture to the zoo by the 13th.

Regular admission applies, members get in free! You do not need to RSVP to attend Snow Leopard Day.

BOO AT THE ZOO

October 25-26

10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.

Niabi's most attended event spans two days of trick-or-treat fun. Boo at the Zoo provides children with the opportunity to have a merry, not scary, fun time in a controlled and safe environment. Businesses and non-profit organizations participate by decorating a designated area in a Halloween theme, staff the booth dressed in costume, and give out goodies to the children as they trick-or-treat around the zoo.

Regular admission applies, members get in free! You do not need to RSVP to attend Boo at the Zoo. Beat the lines and purchase a membership online for faster entry into the zoo.

 

CLASSES FOR KIDS

Zoo Tots, classes for kids 2-4 years of age, runs all winter long! Classes meet the first Thursday or Saturday of the month from 9:30 a.m. - 10:30 a.m. (classes are the same on either day, but topics are different each month).

Click here for the class topics or to register.

Members receive a discount on class registrations!

 

BREAKFAST WITH THE ANIMALS

October 18  -  8:30 a.m. - 9:30 a.m.

Have breakfast in the jungle at Niabi Zoo. A warm breakfast awaits you in the Jungle Trek where you can see the new tamarin exhibit and explore other rainforest animals. Your breakfast adventure includes admission to Niabi Zoo before it opens for the day. Zoo members $18, non-members $22.

Santa is coming for breakfast on December 6! To register for this popular event, call (309) 799-3482 ext. 222.

 

PINTS FOR PRESERVATION FUNDRAISER RECAP

Over 800 guests ignored the pesky early showers on Friday, September 5 and attended Pints for Preservation. The event was a huge success, helping raise money for a new rhino exhibit at Niabi. There was plenty of beer on tap, along with wine and a whisky cocktail that tasted like fall in a glass. The addition of food vendors this year made the event an even greater value. Got a restaurant? Click here if you would like to share your food next year.

Watch for the Pints 2015 date to be released when Niabi Zoo opens for the season next spring. Thank you, guests, for attending Pints for Preservation and supporting Niabi Zoo!

 

LOVE US AND $3 GOES TO THE NIABI ZOOLOGICAL SOCIETY

Vote Niabi Zoo as your favorite place in the Quad Cities and help the zoo earn $3 for your vote. Click here to vote in at least 30 categories to make your vote count. It only takes a few minutes to vote and is a no cost way you can make a donation to Niabi Zoo.
2014 HOURS

Final day of the 2014 season is October 26

10:00 a.m.- 4:00 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday

11:00 a.m.- 4:00 p.m. Sunday

Closed Mondays

Last admission of the day is 3:00

 

 

 

Niabi Zoo Uproar

Princess and Pirate Day

SATURDAY MAY 24

11:00 A.M. - 2:00 P.M.

New event! Kids come dressed as their favorite princess or pirate and enjoy up-close animal encounters, games and a costume parade at 1:00 p.m. Regular admission rates.

SIGN UP FOR ZOO CAMP
The zoo's summer education programming for kids is totally new this summer! Camps are one week long per age group for kids entering K-8th grades.

Every camper will take tours of the zoo, get up-close during animal encounters, make crafts, participate in activities and have fun!

Camps start June 16. Click here for the summer's full camp schedule. Register today, space is limited.

Niabi Zoo, 13010 Niabi Zoo Road, Coal Valley, IL, is now open for the 2014 season.

NEW HOURS:

Monday-Saturday: 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Sunday: 11:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Last admission of the day is 4:00 p.m.

ADMISSION PRICES (MEMBERS GET IN FREE EVERY DAY)

Adults 13+ $8.25

Seniors 62+ $7.25

Kids Ages 3-12 $6.25

Kids under 3 get in free

Call (309) 799-3482 or visit www.niabizoo.com for more information.

MEMBERSHIP

 

Start off 2014 by renewing your zoo membership so you're ready for opening day in the spring.

 

Need a last minute gift idea? Buy an individual or family membership and include the grandparents with the membership.

 

Stop by the zoo this week Thurs 10-3 pm or Fri 10-1 pm, shop by phone at (309) 799-3482 ext. 237 or use the link below to buy from the secure website.

BE A ZOO SANTA

The keepers have a few items for the animals on their wish list:

 

Towels, Plastic Food Containers, Unsalted Peanuts, Large Pet Carrier,

Perfumes, Frisbee.

 

Drop off donations M-F 8:30-4 (closed Dec 24, 25, 31, Jan 1) or mail to:

 

Niabi Zoo

Attn: Mandy Turnbull

13010 Niabi Zoo Rd

Coal Valley, IL 61240

 

ASK ABOUT THE LIST
ADOPT AN ANIMAL

 

Become the "parent" of a Niabi Zoo animal or give the gift of an adoption.

 

ADOPTs start at just $35 and come with great perks include a certificate, photo of your animal, zoo decal and recognition in the zoo's ADOPT display.

 

Spend $100 to get free passes and $500 gets you a behind the scenes tour.

 

Place your order online.

CLICK TO PURCHASE

JACK-O-LANTERN CONTEST

 

Carve your best Jack-o-lantern and bring it to the administration center of the zoo by 4:00 PM on Friday, October 25. Entries must be carved, no paint or other embellishments. Pumpkins will be judged by zoo staff and winners will be chosen in each of these categories: scariest, silliest and zoo themed. All entries will be displayed at Boo at the Zoo with prizes for the winners.

 

SATURDAY, OCT 26
SUNDAY, OCT 27

 

Boo at the Zoo is two days of family fun with trick-or-treating in the daytime. Bring your trick-or-treat bag and go booth to booth collecting goodies from vendors from 10:00 a.m - 3:00 p.m. Children and adults are encouraged to wear costumes and celebrate at Niabi's biggest event of the year. Admission tickets can be purchased in advance at the zoo for faster entrance. It's Halloween fun for all.

 

FINAL WEEK TO VISIT THE ZOO

 

Niabi Zoo will close for the 2013 season at the conclusion of Boo at the Zoo on Sunday, October 27. Visit the zoo this week to see your favorite animals and catch the fall foliage at the zoo. Members always get in free!

 

Hours

10:00 - 4:00 Through Fri

9:30 - 5:00 Sat-Sun for Boo at the Zoo

 

NIabi Zoo's popular fundraising celebration is back and you're invited for a memorable outback adventure. Join your friends in the giant tent for dinner, an open bar and captivating live and silent auctions. Click here to reserve your table or purchase individual tickets for $150.

Take a sneak peek at the silent auction items by clicking here. Attendees can bid on exciting vacation and getaway packages, autographed celebrity memorabilia, sports tickets, parties at the zoo and jewelry. There's something in every price range including artwork created by Niabi's elephants and rubbings and footprints created by the zoo's other animals. Silent auction bidding will be done with your cell phone so you can socialize while receiving texts about your bids.

Not able to attend? You can still buy a $100 raffle ticket for a chance to win a 2011 

Honda Fit Sport from Zimmerman Honda. The winner will be drawn at Zoofari, need not be present to win. Only 300 tickets will be sold for this raffle item. Click here to purchase your raffle ticket.

 

Necker's Jewelers is holding a diamond draw at Zoofari where 50 glasses of the boomerang signature drink will be sold and one winner will receive a $1,500 diamond. Non-winners receive a $50 gift certificate to Necker's and 100% of the diamond draw proceeds go to Niabi Zoo.

 

Zip around town for two years in a 2014 Jeep Wrangler Sport 4x4. Key Auto Mall provided a two year lease for this fun vehicle which will go to the highest bidder at Zoofari.

 

Don't miss your opportunity to be part of the Zoofari fun! RSVP online today before the event sells out! Click here for tickets.

ZOOFARI TICKETS NOW ON SALE

 

Get your tickets today for Zoofari on Saturday night, October 12. The Australian-themed menu from Johnny's Italian Steakhouse has been set and outback decor is being built to transform the tent into an Australian paradise. Tickets are $150 for this fundraising gala that includes dinner and open bar. Look for the VIP seating option when you buy tickets.

 

SATURDAY, OCT 26
SUNDAY, OCT 27

Boo at the Zoo is two days of family fun with trick-or-treating in the daytime. See Niabi's scary black cat, the jaguar, and get spooked by snakes in the Reptile House. Regular admission rates apply and members always get in free. Children and adults are encouraged to wear costumes and celebrate at Niabi's biggest event of the year. Watch for details about the zoo's pumpkin carving contest.

 

SUNDAY, OCT 20 -1:00 - 3:00 P.M.

 

Calling all teachers! To show our appreciation to the teachers of the Quad Cities, Niabi Zoo is offering FREE admission to teachers and reduced admission to their guests on Educators Day. Enjoy free gifts, fun opportunities and gather information about incorporating Niabi Zoo into your class curricula. This will be a prime week for fall leaves at the zoo!

 

BUY TICKETS

GANZ 2013 ROAD TRIP

 

Calling all Webkinz fans! The team from Ganz will be at the zoo August 9, noon-3 and they're bringing games, prizes and fun. Get a Webkinz Code Card for a mystery virtual prize for your Webkinz pet.

GANZ ROAD TRIP

 

                                             YOGA AT THE ZOO AUGUST 11

 

Bring your yoga mat to the zoo at 4 pm and be part of a huge yoga class on Niabi's Festival Lawn.

Instructors from One Tree Hot Yoga, Indigo, Tapas Yoga Shala and Davenport School of Yoga will attend. FREE with your yoga mat!

 

PINTS FOR PRESERVATION

 

 Get your tickets now for this Friday night beer tasting event held outdoors at Niabi Zoo. Buy a 6-pack of tickets and invite your friends, August 23. Tickets for members are $30 or $160 for a 6-pack. Ask about sponsor tickets.

OPEN DAILY 9:30-5:00

The weather will be perfect this week for a visit to the zoo. Hop aboard the train, take a spin on the carrousel and feed the animals while you're at the zoo. Be sure to catch our free Keeper Chats at 11:00 and 2:00 each day.

MEMBER RENEWAL

FAMILY NIGHT
AUGUST 1

 

Bring the kids to Niabi on Thursday night and explore the zoo while the sun sets. Advance RSVP required by July 26 for this members only FREE event. Not a member? Sign up today to take advantage of this great membership perk!

 

FAMILY NIGHT

AUGUST 1
FAMILY NIGHT
AUGUST 1

Niabi Zoo Uproar

THIS SATURDAY 10 - 3

Go wild this weekend during a special event that inlcudes games, face painting a bounce house and activities for all ages. Regular admission fees apply and members always get in FREE! Thank you to Kids' Wild Fest sponsor, WQAD News 8.

 

MEMBERS ONLY FAMILY NIGHT

Come to the zoo after hours on Thursday, August 1 and see the animals while the sun goes down. Many animals are active in the evening and crowds will be smaller at this members only event. It's a great family night for working parents or grandparents!

 

PINTS IS FRIDAY AUGUST 23

It's a night for adults only at Niabi Zoo! This annual beer tasting event sold out with 800 people last year. Not into beer? Some stations have wine and liquor to sample. Tickets are $30 members or $35 non-members and will go on sale in July.

 

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